The 25 Best Events on O‘ahu in September 2019

​Take your pick of three festivals, a Pixar classic on the beach, two sporting events, a meaningful pau hana and the high notes of a legendary ’60s band.


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CULTURE

Aloha Festivals

Saturday, August 31–Saturday, September 28  |  Various times

Parade

PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALOHA FESTIVALS

 

This year’s annual 29-day event has colorful cultural activities for everyone. But the two can’t-miss events are the Waikīkī Ho‘olaule‘a (said to be Hawai‘i’s largest block party) on Sept. 21, and the Floral Parade, the closing ceremony of the festival, on Sept. 29. Visit our online calendar for more details and read about veteran pā‘ū rider Faith Kalamau.

Waikīkī, various prices, alohafestivals.com

 


SEE ALSO: Your Guide to the 2019 Aloha Festivals on O‘ahu


 

FESTIVAL

Okinawan Festival 2019

Saturday, August 31–Sunday, September 1  |  9 a.m.–4 p.m.

andagi

Video: Aaron K. Yoshino

Read more

 


SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Okinawan Festival


 

SPORTS

50th Annual Waikīkī Roughwater Swim

Monday, September 2  |  8:30 a.m.

Roughwater Swim

photo: cyndia michelle

 

Meet the oldest female competitor of the Waikīkī Roughwater Swim as she gears up for the 50th anniversary of the race.

Read more

 


SEE ALSO: Your Weekly Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu


 

CHARITY

Pau Hana for Literacy

Thursday, September 5  |  6–9 p.m.

block party in Downtown Honolulu

photo: courtesy of hawai‘i literacy

 

Hawai‘i Literacy organization estimates 1 in 6 adults in our state struggles with reading and writing. Word up with this pau hana fundraiser. Tickets include two drinks, dinner and dessert and support the organization’s five free literacy programs for adults and keiki. Meet the man behind Murphy’s and the 11th annual fundraiser.

Murphy’s Bar & Grill, $45, hawaiiliteracy.org

 


SEE ALSO: HONOLULU Magazine’s Summer 2019 Bucket List: The 53 Best Things to Do on O‘ahu


 

ART

PhotoCon Hawai‘i 2019

Thursday, September 5–Sunday, September 8  |  10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Pīkake Theatre at the Blaisdell Center, $100

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BLOCK PARTY

Chinatown First Friday

Friday, September 6  |  Starts at 5 p.m.

Read more


 

MUSIC

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Friday, September 6 & Saturday, September 7  |  8 p.m.

 

Thanks to the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli has been enjoying a pop culture comeback. And we’re here for it. The original lead singer of the 1960s doo-wop quartet—and only original member still performing with the group—and his band bring the nostalgic tunes to the Blaisdell for two shows. Oh, what a night … or weekend.

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $59.50–$145, bampproject.com


 

FOOD

2019 Hale ‘Aina Celebration Presented by First Hawaiian Bank

Saturday, September 7  |  (5:30 p.m. for VIP) 6:30–9:30 p.m.

 

HONOLULU Magazine has gone Gold with its biggest foodie event of the year. The Hale ‘Aina Celebration presented by First Hawaiian Bank brings together some of our Best Restaurant winners so you can dine on unlimited dishes and sips, for the first time set against the amazing sunset from the ‘Alohilani Resort’s Swell Deck. Treat yourself and purchase a VIP ticket, which includes early admission, access to additional dishes and an air-conditioned lounge.

$125–$4,000, ‘Alohilani Resort Waikīkī Beach, 2490 Kalākaua Ave., Swell Pool Deck. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


 

MUSIC

Elijah Sky at Blue Note Hawai‘i

Wednesday, September 11  |  6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. shows

Video: David Croxford

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CHARITY

The Good Table Hawai‘i

Thursday, September 12  |  6–9 p.m.

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COOKING DEMO

Moana Masters: Elevating the Thanksgiving and Christmas Feasts

Saturday, September 14  |  noon–2 p.m.

Read more

 


SEE ALSO: Hale ‘Aina Happenings: Here’s What’s New With Hawai‘i Restaurants in August 2019


 

ENTERTAINMENT

Southwest Presents: Sunset on the Beach

Saturday, September 14  |  4:30–10 p.m.

outdoor movie on the beach

Photo: Courtesy of southwest airlines

 

We’re looking forward to September’s movie night on the beach for two reasons: the cooler fall night air and because this month’s movie is Pixar’s Up. Adventurers at heart, dog lovers and fans of small mailmen (watch it and you’ll get it) will all enjoy the hilarious and inspiring movie—after those famous heartbreaking first 10 minutes, of course. Up begins around 7:30 p.m. but live music and games begin at 4:30 p.m. BYO-beach and picnic gear!

Queen’s Surf Beach, free, southwest.com

 


 

NIGHTLIFE

Honolulu Marvel Trivia Bar Crawl

Saturday, September 14  |  4 p.m.–midnight

Read more


 

FOOD

Le Dîner en Blanc Honolulu 2019

Saturday, September 14  |  5–10 p.m.

Diner en Blanc Honolulu

Read more


 

CONFERENCE

SmallBiz Academy: Preventing: “You’ve been hacked!”

Thursday, September 19  |  8:30–10:30 a.m.

Read more


 

ENTERTAINMENT

Sunset on the Beach Screenings of Hawai‘i Five-0 and Magnum P.I.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Catch the premieres (and stars!) of both Hawai‘i-filmed CBS shows at Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikīkī at the 10th annual Sunset on the Beach event. Hawai‘i Five-0 will premiere it’s tenth season while Magnum P.I. launches into it’s second. Oh, and if seeing Alex O’Loughlin and Jay Hernandez isn’t enough, the Grammy Award-winning band Train is making a special appearance at the event.

 


SEE ALSO: 41 Thoughts We Had While Watching the New “Magnum P.I.”


 

MUSIC

Doja Cat Live in Honolulu

Thursday, September 19  |  8–10 p.m.

Read more


 

SPORTS & FITNESS

Hawai‘i Open: AVP Beach Volleyball

Friday, September 20–Sunday, September 22  |  9 a.m.

volleyball

PHOTO: mpu dinani

 

Tall and muscular athletes from all over the country are set to storm one of Waikīkī’s parks for the eighth and final leg of the 2019 pro volleyball tour. After the success of last year’s Hawai‘i invitational, the Association of Volleyball Professionals returns to the home of many of its pro athletes.

Fort DeRussy, free to watch, avp.ticketspice.com

 

Clean up Mākua Beach with Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i and Nā Kama Kai on Sept. 21. sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org

 

FESTIVAL

VegFest

Saturday, September 21  |  11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

This festival highlights plant-based sustainable living practices as well as environmental and health topics. Plus there are cooking demos, samples of dishes from local businesses and earth-friendly products for sale. 

Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, free, vegfestoahu.com

 


SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to Living Your Best Vegetarian Life at the 2019 VegFest O‘ahu


 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Bishop Museum Presents Spineless Wonders: Rising From the Deep Exhibition

Exhibition opens on Saturday, September 21  

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SPORTS & FITNESS

Nā Wāhine O Ke Kai 2019

Sunday, September 22  |  8 a.m.–3 p.m.

paddlers

Photo: jianca lazarus/nā wāhine o ke kai

 

For 41 years, powerful women have been crossing the finish line of the world’s most prestigious female-only outrigger canoe race. Starting from Moloka‘i’s Hale O Lono Harbor and ending at Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon in Waikīkī, this grueling race is definitely not one to miss.

Hilton Hawaiian Lagoon, free to watch, nawahineokekai.com


 

MUSIC

Hanson Live in Honolulu

Thursday, September 26  |  8–10 p.m.

Read more


 

MUSIC

The Republik Music Festival

Friday, September 27–Saturday, September 28  |  6 p.m.

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FESTIVAL

Festa Italiana

Saturday, September 28  |  4–10 p.m.

food festival

Photo: COURTESY OF FRIENDS OF ITALY SOCIETY OF HAWAI‘I

 

For one night only, Honolulu’s newest neighborhood transforms into one of the world’s oldest food-obsessed cultures. A trendy stretch of Kaka‘ako will become a piazza party—with pizza! 

Cooke Street in Kaka‘ako, free, festaitalianahawaii.com

 


SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Festa Italiana in Honolulu


 

Looking to get the word out about your upcoming event? Email me at katiek@honolulumagazine.com.

 

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Find more events at honolulufamily.com/calendar and honolulumagazine.com/calendar.

 

 

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